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Department of Sociology

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Graduate Program

U of M Sociology offers a PhD program covering the fundamentals of sociological theory and methods, emphasizing mastery of central literatures and debates, the conduct of research, teaching, and policy application.

The department is able to provide substantial opportunities for advanced training through seminars, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and instructorships. Incoming students receive funding packages that support them up to five years.

At the U of M you will find a supportive, collaborative, and challenging intellectual environment, an opportunity to be involved in cutting-edge research, and a commitment to valuing a diversity of viewpoints and experiences.

We are proud of the 94% placement record of our recent Ph.D. graduates (since 2002) and the positions our former students have attained at so many notable institutions across the country and around the globe.

Department Chair
Director of Graduate Studies
Professor Elizabeth Boyle
Professor Ann Meier


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2014 Cohort


Becky Drasin
Graduate Program Associate

Ann Meier
Director of Graduate Studies

Graduate News

  • Another doctor in the house!

    Wen Fan successfully defended her dissertation, "Children of the Chinese Cultural Revolution: Disrupted Education, Send-Down Experiences, and Midlife Health," on June 2, 2015. Wen is advised by Professor Phyllis Moen. In July, she begins her career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Boston College. Congratulations, Dr. Fan!

    June 4th, 2015
  • Congratulations Dr. Liao!

    Wenjie Liao successfully defended her dissertation, "Remembering the Faces of Law: Collective Memories and Legal Consciousness in Traditional China," on June 2, 2015. Wenjie is advised by Professors Elizabeth Boyle and Joachim Savelsberg. In Fall 2015, she begins her career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Congratulations, Dr. Liao!

    June 4th, 2015

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Alumni News

  • Arturo Baiocchi (Ph.D. 2014) accepts Assistant Professor position

    Arturo Baioccho (Ph.D. 2014) will begin a new position as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Social Work at California State University Sacramento.

    March 26th, 2015
  • Gina Erickson, Assistant Professor Hamline University

    Gina Erickson (Ph.D. 2012) will begin her second year, this fall 2014, as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

    July 17th, 2014

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